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Stick to your guns.
Learn from the research.
Trust your gut.
Make people act.

ADG tells stories that change markets, minds, and behaviors. We do this through Strategy & Branding, Learning & Gaming, Interactive Design & Software Development. (Yes, even our software tells a story.) The art of storytelling transcends. And if done well, people remember… and share them over and over again.

Got a tale to tell? It's time to Be Heard.

Branding
& Strategy

    • Customer Service Experts

      The right mark can say a lot. And simple speaks volumes when it aligns with a business' principles.

      Customer Service Experts provides simple, sage advice to business on how to improve dialogue with customers. The result, if done right, is that the bilateral speak is greater than the sum of its parts.

    • Customer Service Experts' web site is a reflection of who they are. The organization's leadership team is bright, energetic and way out in front of their competitors. With this in mind, ADG concepted, developed and brought to life a site for CSE that makes the rest of the industry look like morticians.
    • If you've got a business card, you've got a business—right? You and 50 million others. ADG established a collateral system for CSE that made their brand and presence known just by the act of exchanging cards or sending a letter. We just tried to bottle the bigger-than-life persona of this dynamic organization in their collateral. It demanded bright colors, unique forms, and memorable big type to match their style.
    • ADG came up with CSE's tagline, “Every Connection Counts,” which was shortened to as eC2. Now, eC2 is shorthand for what makes CSE tick. Their efforts to help service organizations connect with partners and consumers are driving the industry toward better service. We're proud to be connected to their brand origin!
    • St. Boniface

      St. Boniface Beer gets new halo above it's heavenly brews with ADG's new brand mark.

      Classic. Crisp. And less filling. That's just the kinda' logo work we do.

    • Simple packaging is reminiscent of simpler times when it was all about taste. The wrap-around label also doubles as an awesome bumper sticker.
    • By the time you've tasted the 5th hoppy offer—it gets hard to remember which one you liked best! Tasting cards have become a huge hit among lovers of the St. Boni.
    • Wearing a beer after a brand new waitress spills all over you is a drag. Wear the brand is a matter of pride. Sporting St. Boniface apparel not only shows good taste in lager—it clearly identifies you as a fashion mogul as well.
    • What you say about your brand is what you become. This series of ads really does show that St. Boniface answers to a higher call.
    • Beer clients are beer drinkers. So we created a way for them to remember their names after over indulging in their products.
    • Freedom Consulting Group

      a fresher, geek-ier, chic-ier brand

      ADG brought a new brand to Freedom Consulting Group's recruitment efforts. The new mark spoke instantly to a cool-cat technical audience that fancies themselves “the new black.”

    • What techie wouldn't love nerd bubble gum cards? ADG's campaign cried “viva la Geek” as we helped celebrate the wonderful quirkiness of those who make the digital world around us hum.
    • Wanna' learn about Geek Opportunities? To the internet! ADG's web recruitment campaign for Freedom let visitors “meet the Geeks,” generate their Geek name, see why Freedom Consulting is different and bask in their own personal geekiness.
    • Old enough to remember that famous Farah Fawcette poster? Yeah…we didn't think so. But no need—the Geek Is Chic poster campaign plastered saucy technologist all over college campuses and recruitment centers. The results? A vocational love connection for Freedom and job seekers.
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Learning
& Gaming

    • CareOne Debt Relief Services

      What happens when you give people a fun and easy way to learn the fundamentals of personal finance?

      They get smarter. And wealthier. That's what MōDō is all about; more dollars…more sense.

      In this virtual learning world, MōDō's trainers know that managing your finances is serious business; but they keep it fun by offering “virtual video mentors” to walk you through your lessons and on to financial success.

      Pick a mentor and start learning. There's our Fitness Guru, Cool Dude, Green Chic and ol' Coach. Choose the one that's right for you—they'll let you know how you're doing and make sure you walk away with more dollars and more sense.

    • Deep Access

      Our nation's military analysts participate in a diverse set of training to enhance their performance

      —mission training, compliance training, training on systems and tools. As a capstone learning experience, analysts must apply everything they've learned in one final, critical mission called Deep Access.

      It's a fictional world of international politics, global commerce, vital missions, and persons of interest—both friend and foe. Deep Access is as real as it gets for analysts learning to track the bad guy.

      The clock is ticking and the mission depends on you. More than a progressive approach to the final exam, Deep Access is a serious game for serious learning, taking home one of the most prestigious industry-focused design awards for multimedia engagement.

    • T.A.R.P.

      Threat Awareness Reporting Program

      ADG partnered with the U.S. Army to train over a million troops in upping their vigilance. ADG's instructional systems design team, researchers, writers, art directors, producers, film makers, and software engineers worked together to develop a dynamic and interactive piece of courseware that included exercises, videos, history timelines, decision trees, and lessons—all programmed to synch with a sophisticated Learning Management System.

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Software
Development

    • AscendOne | StartingLine

      Maintaining a strong corporate culture is a challenge for every business.

      When most of your workforce is remote, it can feel impossible. Preparing new hires up front the virtual workplace goes a long way towards making it happen.

      Starting Line an on-boarding tool that guides employees through a serious of activities in preparation for Day 1 of employment.

      Starting Line's results? Dramatically improved employee retention, while providing new employees with a sense belonging from the start

    • DVS: Data Visualization Services.

      ADG worked with TD, one of the world's largest enterprise technology providers,

      to concept, design, and develop a pseudo operating system built on common platform architectures. ADG's DVS product enables disparate data from servers across the globe to be accessed, dynamically delivering visually rich information to hundreds of thousands of users simultaneously.

      ADG's technologists partnered with TD's to assure data integrity, security, and accessibility for users to interact with information, display it real-time, and collaborate with others through the DVS.

    • A strength of the DVS is ADG's implementation of services directly into the platform itself. ADG established UI standards, a Developer Tool Kit (DTK,) a Dynamic App Builder (DAB,) and an in-line Widget Shopping Center (WSC) to assure that subscribers could access exiting widgets and author new capabilities as needed.
    • IDP: the Information Dissemination Platform.

      ADG worked with SAS, to design the User Experience around its Information Dissemination Platform (IDP)

      —an alerting system that delivers information directly to smart phones, tablets and computers via text message, email, and MMS.

      ADG's simple presentation of user options encouraged adoption through ease of use, making their personal and business communications more effective and truly integrated.

      ADG's video for IDP convinced corporate decision makers within the DoD to consider new ways of communicating across services and across the globe. The capabilities video is nice…but the outtakes are even better. Enjoy.

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Clients

  • Apple
  • US Army
  • AscendOne
  • St. Boniface
  • Ciena
  • CSE - Customer Service Experts
  • Discovery Channel
  • US Department of Defense
  • Freedom Consulting Group
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • NFL
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
  • Nickelodeon
  • Proteus Technologies
  • SafeNet
  • TEKsystems
  • T.Rowe Price

People

Baltimore Magazine cover for Best Places to Work 2011We're
Hiring!

Life is good, and we're growing. Like, really growing.


ADG is on the lookout for brilliant people. Talented people. Nice people. People who want to wrap their arms around great big ideas and squeeze hard. Here are just a few of our current job openings but we’re always on the lookout for great talent. If you've got game/skills/chops, throw your info our way and let's talk.

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The Agency Life

  • It's not always all about us, but in this magazine it is.

    Washington Post columnist Tom Kavanagh gives insight into ADG Creative. Work, happy hours, team breakfasts — it's all in here.

  • StreetCorner: ADG's take on content marketing.

    StreetCorner™ is ADG’s take on content marketing. It’s a service we provide brands to help them launch and run a content marketing program from scratch or bolt-on to an existing program already in place. www.StreetCorner.biz

ADG Creative Reel

When you're strategic communications firm with a list of clients that ranges from tech and startup to three-letter government agencies that shall not be named, you get your hands pretty dirty in a year. We've crammed our favorite bits into significantly less time than that.


Skills

Call it capabilities, call it services, call it our menu. These are the ingredients we use when cooking up digital dishes
for our clients. If you can't take the heat…

Branding
& Strategy

Brand Positioning, Strategy, and Marketing Plans

Interactive

Web Design, App Development, and UI/UX

Motion, 3D
& Simulation

Video Storytelling, Motion, and Animation

E-Learning
& Gamification

Software Development, Serious Gaming, and Microlearning

Public
Relations

PR Strategy, Media Engagement, Development, and Management

Design

Digital, Print, Interactive, Infographics, and Data Visualization

Content
Development

Blogging, Video, SEO/SEM, and Social Media

Experience
Design

Installations, Displays, and Brand Experience

In The Press

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ADG Creative Adds Four New Staff to Growing Team

New Team Additions in IT, Facilities and Design Roles

COLUMBIA, MD. (December 10, 2014)

Columbia-based marketing and communications firm ADG Creative is pleased to announce that four new talented individuals have joined the twenty-four year old firm. The new team members are:

Chris McGurk, Sr. Systems Administrator
Chris comes to ADG with a strong background in systems administration and support and will be overseeing ADG's IT and systems infrastructure. 

Jen Dimeler, Personnel Security/FSO and Assistant Director of Contracts

Jen joins ADG combining a strong background in personnel and facilities security with a variety of contract support tasks. 

Julie Schmitt, Facilities Manager
As Facilities Manager, Julie will oversee the 30,000+ sq. foot creative space at ADG’s Columbia Gateway location and handle the many day-to-day and special event needs at the facility.

Johnny Salley, Designer
Johnny joins ADG as a Designer and will be supporting ADG’s Federal practice in a variety of design tasks and projects. 

“It’s exciting to welcome new people to our growing team,” said Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer. “We call all of our staff ‘Creatives’ because the spirit of our agency is about thinking creatively, whether you’re client-facing or not. This ensures that we have the environment to produce the best work possible for our clients.”

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“Super Connector” Jeff Cochran Joins ADG Creative

Founder of LinkColumbia and LinkAnnapolis joins Columbia firm as Director of Client Services.

COLUMBIA, MD. (November 20, 2014)

Strategic communications firm, ADG Creative, is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Cochran to its leadership team as Director of Client Services.

In this role, Cochran will directly support ADG’s commercial clients, oversee account management and customer service activities, and support strategic planning efforts. Cochran will also lead ADG’s commercial business development efforts, promoting ADG in the Baltimore/Washington corridor business community.

Prior to ADG, Cochran was the Co-Founder and President of Exclamation Communications, a design and marketing firm, for nearly 20 years. In early 2010, Jeff founded LinkAnnapolis, an organization designed to bring business owners together in a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere for networking opportunities. More than one hundred people attend the event every month, and thousands have attended since its inception. In March of 2012 Cochran launched LinkColumbia, replicating the success of LinkAnnapolis by focusing on the Columbia, Howard County area.

“I’ve known Jeff for a very long time and am thrilled that he’s joining our company,” said Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s founder and Chief Creative Officer. “Not only does he bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of client service and account management, but he will play a key role in growing our business.”

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ADG Creative Launches Content Marketing Program, StreetCorner

Creative Firm Now Offering In-Depth Content Marketing Strategy and Support

COLUMBIA, MD (August 26, 2014)

Columbia-based ADG Creative is pleased to announce the roll out of a suite of new service offerings aimed at helping brands step into the role of publisher, creating unique and frequent content that gets heard in their markets. Named StreetCorner, the new services are aimed at offering a completely outsourced content marketing solution or bolt-on complement to an existing strategy.

Using the analogy of an actual urban street corner, ADG’s new service starts with the brand and encapsulates the three components of a content marketing program: Strategy, tools, and the content itself.

StreetCorner includes three packages for clients to choose from:

Paperboy: This package includes a social media creation and management component driven by original content. It is a straightforward and basic engagement package designed for companies looking to start strong and build a loyal following.

Biker Gang: This package is a rapid-launch, high volume campaign. It is designed to move fast, strike hard and get noticed. This package is ideal for companies needing to launch a new service or dominate a space.

The Legend: This package creates unique and highly valuable content that’s a little less frequent but makes people listen. It’s perfect for companies needing a strong thought leadership presence that gets respect.

“Brands are struggling to not only figure out what their audience is looking for but how to operationally launch a program that meets the kind of demand and quality that the market expects,” said Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer.  “We solve this content problem by creating a custom roadmap that includes everything from audience segmentation to stakeholder publishing plans. This really excites me because it gives ADG a chance to show off all of our creative offerings, from video to design to writing, and more. I know that whatever a client’s content program demands, we can do it all right here.”

To learn more about these packages offered by ADG Creative, visit http://www.streetcorner.biz.

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ADG Creative Makes Inc. 5000 List of Honorees

Creative agency ranks for the third time in list of fast-growing companies for 2014

COLUMBIA, MD (August 21, 2014)

ADG Creative is pleased to announce that it has again ranked in Inc.’s list of top 5000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

 ADG’s ranking was determined by its growth in company size and revenue. Over the past three years, ADG has seen a 125 percent growth in company size and a $5.8M increase in revenue. ADG has also added 20 new positions to its Columbia-based location since 2010. 

This is ADG’s third time ranking on the Inc. 5000 list. The agency ranked in 2009 and 2010.

Inc. is a monthly magazine focused on start-ups, small businesses and growing companies in America. The publication’s annual 5000 list is in its 33rd year. Placing companies are in industries ranging from Finance to Health to Advertising and Marketing. 

ADG’s profile on the Inc. 5000 list can be found here: http://www.inc.com/profile/adg-creative

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